West Ham United co-owner David Gold caused a spot of confusion among fans over the weekend.
Gold and fellow West Ham co-owner David Sullivan had kept a much lower profile over the past 18 months.
Supporters grew tired of the very public way they used to air club affairs.
West Ham has been much more of a closed shop since supporter protests forced a root and branch overhaul in East London.
No more circus
And it has definitely been to the benefit of the club, which is no longer run like a circus.
Gold does like to occasionally interact with his near 200,000 following on Twitter, though.
And taking to the social media platform over the weekend, the West Ham chief caused some confusion over attacker Andriy Yarmolenko.
The £17.5million signing started his Hammers career in fine style last season. But an Achilles injury against Tottenham ended his debut campaign in October.
Gold causes Yarmolenko confusion
Responding to a question about Yarmolenko’s fitness on Twitter Gold said: “I am confident he will be back for pre-season training.”
— David Gold (@davidgold) June 16, 2019
A positive update but no guarantees given.
Which left a few West Ham fans scratching their heads.
That’s because West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini revealed before the end of the season that Yarmolenko was already back in training with the first team squad.
Pellegrini revealed Yarmo was back before the end of last season
Speaking ahead of the season finale at Watford Pellegrini told the gathered press: “Yarmolenko is working with the squad, 100%, but he is not ready to play.”
Some supporters speculated that Gold’s update could mean the tricky forward has suffered a setback.
But fans should not panic. There would likely have been an official update from the club if that were the case.
This was probably a case of Gold not being fully up to speed of the player’s exact progress in his recovery.
In many respects Yarmolenko will be very much like a new signing for Pellegrini next term.
And he will be part of a new-look attack containing Pablo Fornals and hopefully Maxi Gomez.